The Kura - Japanese Art Treasures
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Wood : Pre 1920 item #1253132 (stock #MOR4598)
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A stunning selection of burled wood makes up this intricate compartmentalized picnic box dating from the opening years of the 20th century (Later Meiji). It would make a great jewelry box. There are 23 individual compartments and one sake flask. The set is 32 x 20 x 42 cm (12 x 8 x 17 inches) and is in overall fine condition, with minor Chips typical of use. The lower most box lid has warped some with age.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Paintings : Pre 1920 item #1251900 (stock #MOR4588)
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Five paintings on paper mounted on split bamboo Ogi fan frames with five bamboo handles with green silk chord enclosed in the original signed wooden box. They are backed with white paper flecked with genuine gold. Roughly 9 inches (22 cm) diameter and in fine condition but for a few nibbles around the base of the fans near the satin handle-inserts. Tanaka Hakuin (1865-1934) was born in Suruga, modern day Shizuoka...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1251407 (stock #TCR4582)
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A gorgeous Edo period Tokkuri from the Southern Island of Kyushu wrapped in a sarasa cloth bag with matching protective pillow and enclosed in a quality Shi-ho Kiri-wood box. It is 15 cm (6 inches) tall and in fine condition.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1250843 (stock #MOR4138)
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A set of five handpainted wooden dishes dating from the Meiji period from painters at the studio of Kono Bairei (1844-1895), one of the most famous studios of the Meiji, including work by Takeuchi Seiho, Yamamoto Shunkyo Tamanami Gyokuha and 2 by Tsuji Kako. Turned from what appears t be Zelkova, each is covered in clear lacquer upon which the respective artists have decorated in black. Each dish is 16 cm (6-1/2 inches) diameter and in excellent condition enclosed in a stamped wooden box...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1250384 (stock #TCR4569)
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A deep e-karatsu bowl dating from the Meiji period depicting a garden scene of stones and bamboo signed Shasosai. The poem reads: “Kinpu, Gyokuro, Keika, Kaiki Kotsuki Kuru, Shokyo Shin Gei Ya.”
Golden wind, Jade dew, Winter Chrysanthemum, A large moon blossoms beautiful, The light assailing my pillow at night. The first three lines here are translated literally, but are also a play on the names of exalted green teas. A very powerful image...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1249820 (stock #TCR4565)
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A hermit rides comfortably on the back of an ox, a reference to the 10 stages of enlightenment of Zen lore. This piece is by Miyagawa Kozan I (1842-1916) and comes enclosed in the original signed wooden box titled Koro (outside), and inside Ninsei Utsushi Ushi-Jinbutsu hijiri followed by the signature and the Teishitsu Gigei-in seal. In addition, the box has been annotated on the side by the current Makuzu Kosai...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1249818 (stock #TCR4564)
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gstg Underglaze blue waves froth and swell on the entirety of this strong porcelain bowl by Seifu Yohei I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 15 cm (6 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Seifu Yohei I (1803-1861) founded the Seifu dynasty in Kyoto. He was born in powerful Kaga-kuni, modern day Kanazwa prefecture...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1900 item #1249152 (stock #TCR4560)
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A set of ten small aka-e porcelain tea cups enclosed in the original signed wooden box by Seifu Yohei III dating from the early Meiji period; I believe by the style and signature that these date circa 1878, when he took over the family kiln or possibly while still under control of II (III is known to have signed his own boxes from around 1875). There are minor chips in the rim typical of use and two have hairline cracks. They are 8 cm (3 inches) diameter each, 5 cm (2 inches) tall...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1800 item #1249007 (stock #TCR4558)
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A Ko-Karatsu tsubo with two small handles enclosed in an ancient wooden box titled KoKaratsu Mimitsuki Hana-ike and bearing the stamp “Yuki”. It is 6 inches (15 cm) diameter, roughly the same height and in excellent condition dating from the first part of the Edo or earlier.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1900 item #1248536 (stock #MOR4556)
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Three tough looking toads work together to support the base ring of this unusual leaf-shaped bronze Usubata flower basin enclosed in an antique wooden box. It is signed on the base simply “Oka”. Roughly 11 inches (27 cm) diameter, 8 inches (20 cm) tall.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1920 item #1248027 (stock #TCR4550)
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Set six cups and saucers by Seifu Yohei III enclosed in the original signed wooden box bearing the teishitsu Gigei-in seal. Each cup and saucer is uniquely decorated with floral imagery, and each piece is stamped on the base Seifu. The saucers are 10.5 cm (4 inches) diameter and all are in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Metalwork : Pre 1920 item #1247705 (stock #MOR4547)
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A superb delicate dragon wriggles up the side of this exquisite bronze vase by Heian Shochudo enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 7 inches tall and in fine condition. A slot in the flattened back allows it to be hung on a wall or used free standing.
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Lacquer : Pre 1920 item #1247599 (stock #MOR4545)
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A small round gourd: polished, cut and decorated inside with delicate fronds in gold on black maki-e. This is superb. It is 3 inches diameter (7.5 cm) and in perfect condition, enclosed in a quality old kiri-wood box. .
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247598 (stock #TCR4544)
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A floral spray by Maruyama Oyo decorates this Hakeme serving dish By Eiraku Zengoro enclosed in the original wooden box signed by both artists. It is 8-1/2 inches (21.5 cm) diameter.
The box bears the stamps used by the two 14th generation heads of the Eiraku family, Tokuzen (1853-1909) and his wife Myozen (1852-1927)...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1900 item #1247370 (stock #TCR4543)
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Daikoku, the happy go lucky god of good fortune, dances on a bale of rice, a huge sack full of treasure over his shoulder sealed with the Dohachi stamp and his lucky hammer shaking out gold coins which fall to the bottom of this beautiful tokkuri sake flask. A date on the side indicates it was made over the New Year of 1804-1805 2nd generationDohachi, the year he took over the kiln in Awataguchi) or 1864-1865 (third generation Dohachi. Likely the former...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1247181 (stock #TCR4542)
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A fine Koburi wan-gata small Chawan Tea bowl for use in the Japanese Tea Ceremony decorated with a flora spray and short verse by Imao Keinen and enclosed in the original signed wooden box. As there is no potters mark, it is likely Keinen formed this bowl by his own hand. It is 11.5 cm (4-3/4) inches diameter, 7.5 cm tall and in fine condition but for one minute gold repair to a chip in the rim...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Porcelain : Pre 1910 item #1246131 (stock #TCR4530)
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Blue sprays of crisp bamboo and flowers decorate this white porcelain Haisen sake-cup washing bowl by Seifu Yohei III enclosed in the original signed wooden box. A beast head rears up from the back, clamping its mouth on the rim to form the handle. It is 5 x 7-1/2 x 4 inches (12.5 x 19 x 10 cm) and is in fine condition.
Seifu Yohei III (1851-1914) was the adopted son of Yohei II...
All Items : Antiques : Regional Art : Asian : Japanese : Stoneware : Pre 1920 item #1244690 (stock #TCR4527)
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A leaf shaped stand for the Ryoro burner used in the preparation of sencha (steeped tea) by Teishitsu Gigei-In Suwa Sozan I enclosed in the original signed wooden box. It is 20 cm (8 inches) diameter and in excellent condition.
Sozan I (1852-1922) was born in Kutani country, present day Ishikawa prefecture, where he initially studied before moving to Tokyo in 1875. Over the next 25 years he would gravitate between Tokyo and Kanazawa, working at various kilns and research facilities. He...